PRINCIPAL/SEVENTH GRADE ALGEBRA ONE Rita Klenk is a 1987 graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland. Rita has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in mathematics. Her current Florida certifications include K-6 grades, 6-12 Mathematics, with ESOL and Middle Grades Mathematics endorsements. Her teaching career began In 1988, with the Palm Beach County Public School System. In 1995, she moved to Wellborn, Florida and accepted a position at Epiphany Catholic School. She currently teaches grades 5-8 Mathematics, 7th grade Literature and 8th grade Religion. She received a Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education Rklenk@ecslc.org
KINDERGARTEN Christine Breeden graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She completed her internship at Epiphany in the spring of 2014. Previously, she worked as a Voluntary Pre-K teacher, childcare center director & ?as a tutor. “Joining the Epiphany family is such a blessing and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to begin my teaching career here!” CBreeden@ecslc.org
FIRST GRADE Pam Kahlich joined the staff at Epiphany Catholic School in August, 2011. Prior to joining the staff she worked as an educational consultant. The focus of her work was on improving student performance and assisting teachers in delivering high quality instruction in reading. She taught first grade at Melrose elementary in Lake City, prior to completing her doctorate of education in Reading/Language Arts. Ms. Kahlich enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with her two dogs, Katie and Jackson. PKahlich@ecslc.org
SECOND GRADE Amy Winters is originally from Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania. She moved to Florida in July 2015. She has a black lab mix dog named Elouise who loves walks catching bubbles. Along with being a classroom teacher in grades K, 2 & 5, she has taught many grades and subjects. She taught tech, PE and art for grades PreK-8. Her favorite subjects to teach are writing and science. Education: BA English, Lock Haven University MA Education, University of Phoenix Educational/Teaching Experience 12 Years. AWinters@ecslc.org
THIRD GRADE Renee Hrichena is the third grade teacher at Epiphany. She graduated from Minot State University in North Dakota with a B.S. in Education. Mrs. Hrichena maintains a florida Professional Educator Certificate with certification in Elementary Education 1-6 and Primary Education K-3. Her prior experience includes sales associate, job counselor, JTPA director, and teaching in public schools. Sister Rene’ Azar hired Mrs. Hrichena to be Epiphany’s counselor, test coordinator, art teacher, and technology teacher in 1993. Mrs. Hrichena later moved into a regular classroom and continues to be a great asset to our school family. RHrichena@ecslc.org
FOURTH GRADE Lou Lester is the 4thgrade teacher. She has been with Epiphany for one year, and is a graduate of the University of West Florida. ?Epiphany is an extended family where everyone?s main focus is in caring for our students.? LLester@ecslc.org
FIFTH GRADE Julie Ishler is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in Florida for 20 years. She is married and her three children attend Epiphany and enjoy their school community. She is? very excited to be back at Epiphany working with the 5th grade students! Her experience includes 15+ years teaching Kindergarten. Education: BA Elementary Education, St. Leo?s University MA Elementary Education, FAMU. JIshler@ecslc.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH/SOCIAL STUDIES
Martha Robinson teaches middle school English and history. She holds a BA and MS from Auburn University, and has taught for many years in different settings. These include business, home schools, youth programs and classrooms. Her passions are the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and education travel with students. Education: BA & MS, Auburn University. MRobinson@ecslc.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL LITERATURE Tammy Bullard moved to Lake City in 2004. Her three boys attend Epiphany Catholic School and she is thankful for the education they receive and the opportunity for her family to be part of the Epiphany Catholic School family. Her experience includes 15 years teaching at the middle and high school level. TBullard@ecslc.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE/ART Laurent “Mr. Night” Pellerin, the 5th & 8th Grade Science teacher at Epiphany, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Central Florida in 1993, and graduated from the Educator Preparation Institute at Santa Fe College in 2011, while substitute teaching K-12 students in Alachua County. He is currently Florida Certified in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (5-9,) and is preparing to add K ? 6 Grades as well. ?Mr. Night,? as he is known to his students, spent 17 years teaching Astronomy to students from Kindergarten through University levels as the Director/Producer of the Seminole State College Planetarium in Sanford, Florida, and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. While at the Seminole State College Planetarium, he also worked periodically with scientists from NASA and John Hopkins University researching meteors, including participating on the team which recorded meteor impacts on the Moon for the first time. Prior to directing planetariums, he developed an effective test-anxiety reduction program and tutored high-risk college students in Math and Science for Seminole State. LPellerin@ecslc.org
LITURGY Sr. Philomina Chaneparambil holds a Diploma in Theology from Teresianam College in Rome. She also holds a bachelors degree, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Minor in Theology from Trinity College in Washington DC. She has 13 years of teaching experience and six years of experience as Director of Scrilli Day Care Center in Washington DC. Sr. Philomina has been at Epiphany since 2001. Currently she is teaching several Religion classes, she is the K-aide and Children’s Liturgy Coordinator. PChaneparambil@ecslc.org
ADMINISTRATION Tonia Edenfield is Administrative Assistant for Epiphany Catholic School. She is also past president of the Epiphany Parent Organization, and she has served on the Advisory Board of the school. She has also served as President of the Seminole Booster Club for 2 years. She is a member of the Columbia County Resources and has actively helped with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. TEdenfield@ecslc.org
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, FIFTH GRADE ART, MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY, SIXTH GRADE MATH Jenalyn McCray is presently the 2nd grade teacher at Epiphany Catholic School. Jenalyn graduated from St. Leo University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and maintains a Florida Professional Educator Certificate, with a certification in Elementary Education grades 1-6. She has worked as our Kindergarten aide, and 2nd grade teacher, before moving to 4th grade in 2006. Mrs. McCray is also an alumnus of Epiphany. JMcCray@ecslc.org
Gail Evans earned her MA in Guidance and Counseling from the University of South Florida, and her BS in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Vermont.
She has worked in education for over 30 years as a high school English teacher and math teacher, coach for women?s sports, school board member and as a guidance counselor. She also worked as a hospice and bereavement counselor. She is certified in guidance and counseling, grade K-12.
Mrs. David is married with three grown sons and four grandchildren.
She began working part-time at Epiphany in February, 2015. ?I am delighted to work in a parochial school setting with supportive parents and a loving staff. I retired from the Alachua county school district as a high school counselor, but I feel blessed to finish my career with God?s children at Epiphany.? GDavid@ecslc.org
SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST Evelyn Reakes joined Epiphany Catholic School in August 2014 where she teaches information literacy to grades K-5. Evie holds a Master of Science in Library Information and Studies (MSLIS) from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Relations/Broadcast Journalism from Troy State University. Evie is a State of Florida Certified School Library Media Specialist (PK-12). Evie is married to an academic librarian and they have one son. EReakes@ecslc.org